Where do I even begin about Grace and Parker’s wedding day? I could comment on how hot they day was, or how crazy the flooding in the surrounding areas had gotten but what stands out the most to me is how happy their friends and family were to celebrate their marriage. Parker and Grace are both the kind of people that are wise well beyond their years, old souls you could say. They make you feel at ease, appreciated and look you in the eye when they talk to you. Simply put, they are incredible people who are incredible together. They married in the same church Grace’s parents wed in and had their reception on Parker’s farm property. It was unbelievably beautiful, mostly in part to the wonderful couple who made it a joy to work with them and be there for their day. If you’ve never heard me say it, hear it now: I absolutely LOVE my job and hope that you can feel that while looking at my photographs, especially of a day like this one! Enjoy some of my favorites from their day below!
It is no secret that Petoskey, Michigan is one of the most gorgeous spots in Northern Michigan. When we arrived at the Inn At Bay Harbor for Courtney and Matthews wedding, it was overcast and has just rained. In fact, in the image below you can see some rain puddles on the pavement! But just like Michigan always does, the skies cleared within 15 minutes to the most gorgeous sunny day! The Inn is a spectacular, immaculate location and was made even more beautiful by the waterside ceremony arch covered in seasonal flowers (the lilacs smelled so amazing in the breeze!) that was made by BLOOM floral. Courtney was a stunning bride and her maids in blush pink looked amazing against the water! The groom and his groomsmen were incredibly sharp looking in their black tuxes and no one was cuter than the couples daughter who served as the flower girl for the day. Every detail was beautiful and reflected the couples soft, romantic wedding aesthetic. We were gifted with the most gorgeous sunset as guests sat at the waterside fire and watched the boats go by. The wedding party danced into the warm, summer night and it was another wedding for the books! We hope you enjoy some of our favorites!
Artists & Vendors: Photography: Ashley Slater// Film Developed: The Find Lab// Venue: Inn at Bay Harbor// Florals: BLOOM// Wedding dress:Kenneth Winston from Gina’s bridal boutique//Hair & Makeup- Spa at Inn at Bay Harbor //Officiant- Patrick Ryan (Amazing Day Weddings)//Cake- Ruthanns gourmet bakery//DJ- A+ event entertainment
The kick off to a wedding season is always exciting, but kicking off with Taylor and Brian’s Walloon Lake celebration was particularly thrilling. We had the most gorgeous summer weather and all the lakes were shining and beautiful. Taylor and Brian spent so much time curating the most romantic details from their invitation suites complete with watercolor details all the way to carrying the soft blues and greens of the bridesmaids outfits into the reception linens. After a special and sweet first look, the bridal party headed to the waterfront in Petoskey for amazing Lake Michigan photos. I will never get over the way film captures water and texture, and getting my film images back makes me as excited as Christmas Day every single time! A waterside ceremony was made even sweeter with readings by their parents and a ring warming (the rings passed through the guest during the ceremony so each person could pray a blessing over their marriage before they exchanged vows). Their reception was full of all things northern Michigan- ice cream, pies, the most wonderful food you can imagine (Walloon Country Club does it right!) and one of the best live bands in Michigan—Blue Water Kings. The party continued into the night as the sunset on Walloon Lake and guests danced the night away. As usual, I am sharing way too many photos (but really, how do you choose when there is so much beauty!?). I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their day!
Vendors and Artists: Wedding Planner: Merry Makers // Photography: Ashley Slater Photography// Film Lab: The Find Lab //Venue: Walloon Lake Country Club //Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo// Rentals: Taylor Rentals Rings: Lewis Jewelers Ann Arbor// Celebrant: John Gardner// Hair and Makeup: Onsite Bridal// Invitations & Paper Goods: Twin Sisters Designs //Watercolor and Calligraphy Art: Simply Jessica Marie // Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley// Florals: Pontius Floral// Band: Blue Water Kings // Dessert: Johan’s Pastries and Kilwin’s